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Mt. Ishizuchi, Saijo

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Mount Ishizuchi is a 1982m mountain on the border of Saijō and Kumakōgen, in Ehime, Japan. This mountain is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan. It is the highest mountain in Western Japan.OutlineMount Ishizuchi is the highest mountain on the island of Shikoku and also the highest mountain west of Mount Haku. It is known as 'the roof of Shikoku' and the sharp, rocky summit resembles a huge stone hammer.Mount Ishizuchi is an important object of worship in this region and one of the major centers of Shugendō, a sect of mixture of Shintoism and Buddhism. At the top of the mountain there is a small shrine called the Ishizuchi Shrine. This mountain is also known as one of Seven Holy Mountains. There are several sets of heavy iron chains leading up to the summit and this is the route many pilgrims opt to take, the longest set being 68m. However, it is possible to hike all the way to the peak along a trail which includes stairs and ramps with handrails.The climbing season opens every year on July 1, and women are forbidden from climbing the mountain on this day. Between mid-October and mid-November, people come from far and wide to view the autumn colours.The area around Mount Ishizuchi is a major part of Ishizuchi Quasi-National Park.Access Sanchōjōju Station of Ishizuchi Ropeway Ishizuchi Tsuchigoya Bus Stop of Iyotetsu Bus
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  • July 5, 2017
    In September last year in the ishizuchi mountain climb. Going to prepare well, kicking and the condition is sufficient time of 90 minutes was, early in the morning depart Kochi city, arrived at the trailhead. Grain line started from the trailhead at the mouth, but along the way lost physically and landed up and mentally battered, salt supplementation is not enough it caused the Charley horse, went down on the way. Took the sleeping enough, taking up lodgings in Saijo city at the foot of this climbing line started. Carefully clear and where it lost at the intersection of forest road and trail, by fulfillment company and resting and feeding. You could cross retraced the last point and immediately descend pass vigil to clear three chains to Mt. Misen. Great weather and a fullness of the heart. Was able to enjoy the horror series the road to Tengu peak seen in pictures so many times, but that fear. It is good. Routine remain, under this perspective, this place is felt as extremely trivial. In climbing uphill climb was though it is, the better. Villa might have gotten water, Hazime. Chain is all decided to bypass and get off. Jaunty step down until the fulfillment company that could is West-to light climbing back to the entrance way down to tōzō Yamaguchi. To reflect on and that it wasn't a big deal, but going down the mountain from the trailhead just bad knee pain, Ah, the knee to put the burden then I wish to do all. Ride held the tone and don't spoil yourself.
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  • June 8, 2017
    Don't let the distance/elevation gain (10 miles/3,000 ft.) fool you. This is NOT a super-easy hike. It's made difficult mainly by the four sections where one must use chains to ascend (you may take lo...  more »
  • June 5, 2017
    Great hike to the top. It starts from the shrine 15 minutes after the cable car station and continues for I think 4 km till the top. It is not an easy one as it is quite steep even skipping the chains...  more »

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